Archive for December, 2006


Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Yesterday’s execution of Saddam Hussein by hanging brings to a violent end a violent life, and raises many more questions than it answers. What impact will the execution have on the civil war in Iraq andthe suffering of the Iraqis? Why execute him on one of Islam’s most sacred holidays, Eid ul-Adha? Some argue that […]

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Frohe Weihnachten and happy Winter Solstice. This is is the best part about Christmas: it’s the afternoon of December 24 and the stores close. Finally! The insanity of the annual shopping season is over. There is one good step toward peace on earth: the malls and shopping centers close for a day-and-a-half. In a good […]

Make love for peace

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Happy Global Orgasm for Peace Day! What a wacky idea … The Global Orgasm for Peace certainly has the same winking cleverness, but it also invites us to consider the power of collective thought. Does what we think really effect anything? The project’s Web site points to the work of another group, the Global Consciousness […]

Happy Hannukkah

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Happy Hannukkah! Frohes Lichterfest! Get your dreidels out and fry some latkes: Today at sundown Jews began to celebrate the eight days of Hannukkah. The holiday was called Hanukkah meaning “dedication” because it marks the re-dedication of the Temple after its desecration under Antiochus IV. Spiritually, Hanukkah commemorates the Miracle of the Oil. According to […]

Pimentel interview comments

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Tom Philpott (Grist) questions entomologist and biofuels skeptic extraordinaire David Pimentel (Cornell) about why crop-based energy won’t work. Interesting interview, but Pimentel does need to get out a bit more. And I wish Philpott had been a bit more probing on some of Pimentel’s assertions – like this one: Pimentel: Conserve! One word. And no […]

Biodiesel from algae

Monday, December 11th, 2006

CSU announced a partnership with Solix Biofuels to get serious about commercializing technology that can produce huge amounts of very oily types of algae for biofuels production. “Algae are the fastest growing organisms on the planet, and can produce 100 times more oil per acre than conventional soil-tilled crops that are now being grown for […]